Be careful when using fireworks July Fourth

With the Fourth of July comes America's celebration of independence, usually through the use of fireworks.

Officials with the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use caution when enjoying this pastime.

Fireworks can cause injuries to people and start fires. While Moffat County residents have enjoyed a relatively wet June, the fire danger is high. The use of illegal fireworks is a primary cause for concern. Violators will be prosecuted and can be held responsible for any cost to fight fires they started.

Legal fireworks are fireworks that stay on the ground, including cylindrical and cone fountains, wheels, ground spinners and sparklers.

Illegal fireworks are fireworks that leave the ground or explode, including pop-bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles, toy canes, etc.

Local law enforcement agencies encourage residents to be very careful when using legal fireworks and to enjoy the annual fireworks show that will be presented by the Craig Fire Department on Sunday evening.

Friends of Beach raising money to pay bills

Friends of Stormie Beach, a Hayden teen seriously injured in a car accident June 20, are raising funds to help pay her medical costs.

The 16-year-old girl was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction and has been in intensive care for more than a week. She is in serious condition.

The car she was riding in was not insured, and Medicaid will not cover all the medical expenses.

Her brother, Chase Beach, also was injured in the accident. He was released from the hospital last week. Their mother, Libby Beach, is a single parent.

Donations can be made to the Libby Beach Fund at any First National Bank of the Rockies branch.

Entries are open

for Ride N' Tie Rodeo

Entries are open until July 10 for the Moffat County 57th annual Ride N' Tie Rodeo scheduled for 7 p.m. July 16 and 17 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Entries will be taken from 5 to 7 p.m. July 6 and 7 in the ancillary building at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Events include Mutton Bustin, (ages 4 through 6), Calf Riding, (ages 8 and younger); Rough Riders (steers), (ages 11 and younger); Young Guns (bulls), (ages 13 and younger), Junior Bulls, (ages 15 and younger) and Senior Bulls, (ages 19 and younger).

You do not have to be a Mountain States Junior Bull Riding member to enter, but only members get points toward year-end finals. The top two riders in each division will compete for the buckle in the championship round to be held the same evening during the pro rodeo 7:30 p.m. performance. Parents must be present to sign liability waivers before the performance. Participants must call to enter. Call Jesse Hill at (303) 688-4378 or go to msjbr.com.

Clinical pastoral

education offered

A Clinical pastoral education information sharing seminar will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Craig.

The Rev. Foy Richey, president of Rocky Mountain Pastoral Care and Training Associates, an ACPE-CPSP accredited pastoral care organization, will host this seminar.

The purpose of the information-sharing seminar will be to give an overview of CPE, which is graduate theological education that teaches the arts and skills of pastoral and spiritual care. Six or seven students (clergy, laity or other community members) will be chosen to participate in the first training group. The seminar will be conducted once a month for nine months, with trainees bringing to the seminar experiences of community-based and church ministries for which pastoral supervision and supportive learning will be offered. Graduate theological education credit may be obtained for this training.

For more information, call F. Neil Folks, (970) 824-0312 or Richey at (303) 897-1389

Rangely hosts

fireworks festival

Rangely is hosting an Independence Day holiday celebration, for which The Western Rio Blanco Recreation & Park District has planned events.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the district will host the annual "Dive-In Treasure Hunt" for youngsters 3 through 15 years of age. The bottom of the Rangely Recreation Center Pool will be turned into a treasure trove of coins and prizes. Youngsters will dive to the bottom of the pool to collect as many valuables as they can hold. Only children will be allowed in the pool during the treasure hunt. There is no charge to participate.

On Saturday evening, an outdoor concert featuring the band "Blues Street Revival" will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the marina at Kenney Reservoir. The annual fireworks show will begin about 9:15 p.m.

After the fireworks, the band will take the stage again. The "Red, White & Boom" Fireworks Festival is sponsored by the First National Bank of the Rockies and the Rangely High School Reunion Committee.

For more information, call the district offices at 970-675-8211.

Moffat County libraries closed for July 4 weekend

All branches of the Moffat County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday for the holiday. Books due during the weekend may be returned Tuesday.

Reunion planned

for Class of 1994

The class reunion for 1994 Moffat County High School graduates will be Aug. 6 and 7. For more information, call Marci Marumoto at 824-6820, Cameron Treece at 824-0319 or Jaime Shultz at 824-5578.

Girls soccer team holding camp beginning Monday

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team will hold a camp from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through July 9.

The cost is $45 a person. All players entering ninth through 12th grade who are considering playing for the varsity team are strongly encouraged to attend the camp. Coaches for the camp are with the Tetrabrazil Soccer Academy. Call coach Lori Smith at 824-9364 for more information or to sign up.

Craig police not behind fund-raising effort

The Colorado Police Protective Association is in the process of fund-raising via telephone solicitation in Craig. The Craig Police Department is not affiliated with this organization, and monies collected do not benefit local law enforcement. The Craig Police Department does not support this collection effort.

Submit your news briefs to Andy Smith at 466 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

Call 824-7031, fax 824-6810 or e-mail asmith@craigdailypress.com.

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